By Anton D. Nagy | February 7, 2013 4:39 AM
…because you love the Facebook Phone and all the rumors around it, here’s another one for you!… HTC already tried to do something special, capitalizing on the power of the social network back in 2011 when, at MWC, the Taiwanese company unveiled the HTC ChaCha and the Salsa, with their dedicated “F”-button.
Despite both HTC and Facebook denied “Facebook phone” rumors, the device keeps coming back. This time, from Twitter, a rumored codename — MYST — and specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor running at 1GHz and Adreno 305 GPU assistance, 4.3-inch 720p screen, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, five-megapixel main camera, 1.6-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on-board (despite previous Opera rumors).
Whether it will have deeper Facebook integration than the ChaCha and the Salsa, or it will all be about that “F”-button is yet unknown.
On a related note, Facebook is in talks with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum to burn its apps in the chip; the social network wants owners of new, budget phones, to launch its own applications upon first start. As the report notes, any Android user can simply download and install Facebook apps from the Store, but with the Spreadtrum approach, apps will be delivered out-of-the-box with optimization for low-end phones which might hint markets like India and China.